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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

Gracchi in eum oratio. sunt etiam in Gracchum Tuberonis; is fuit mediocris in dicendo, doctissimus in disputando.” [118] tum Brutus: “quam hoc idem in nostris contingere intellego quod in Graecis, ut omnes fere Stoici prudentissimi in disserendo sint et id arte faciant sintque architecti paene verborum, idem traducti a disputando ad dicendum inopes reperiantur. unum excipio Catonem, in quo perfectissimo Stoico summam eloquentiam non desiderem, quam exiguam in Fannio, ne in Rutilio quidem magnam, in Tuberone nullam video fuisse.”

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M. Iunius Pennus (RE Iunius 123) was a Tribune of the People in 126 BC; his career was cut short by an untimely death after his aedileship (T 1). As Tribune of the People, Pennus proposed a law arranging for the expulsion of for-

T 1 Cic. Brut. 109

[Cicero:] tuus etiam gentilis, Brute, M. Pennus facete1 agitavit in tribunatu C. Gracchum, paulum2 aetate antecedens. fuit enim M.3 Lepido et L. Oreste consulibus quaestor Gracchus, tribunus Pennus, illius Marci filius, qui cum Q. Aelio consul fuit; sed is omnia summa sperans aedilicius est mortuus.

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Gracchus (48), F 54–55]. There are also [speeches] of Tubero against Gracchus; he was mediocre in speaking, but very skilled in debating.” [118] Thereupon Brutus [said]: “Remarkable: I see the same thing applying to our countrymen as to the Greeks, that practically all Stoics are very able in precise exposition, and they do that with art and are almost architects of words; but when the same people are transferred from debating to speaking, they are found to be deficient. One exception I make for Cato [M. Porcius Cato (126), T 1], in whom, though a most accomplished Stoic, I feel no desire for the most perfect eloquence, which I regard as slight in Fannius, even in Rutilius [P. Rutilius Rufus (44)] as not great, in Tubero as nonexistent.”

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eigners from Rome (MRR I 508; Cic. Off. 3.47; Lex Iunia de peregrinis: LPPR, p.304). C. Sempronius Gracchus (48 F 21–22) spoke against the bill, but it was approved.

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Your kinsman too, Brutus, M. Pennus, in his Tribunate, wittily harassed C. Gracchus [C. Sempronius Gracchus (48)], Pennus being a little more advanced in age. For in the consulship of M. Lepidus and L. Orestes [126 BC] Gracchus was quaestor, and Pennus, son of that Marcus who was consul with Q. Aelius [167 BC], was Tribune; but he, hoping for all the highest honors, died after his aedileship.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019